Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) in-progress evictions and (b) households awaiting bailiffs when legislation on suspending evictions is introduced during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Holding answer received on 24 March 2020

The emergency legislation is not retrospective and does not apply to notices issued before the legislation comes into force.

The Lord Chief Justice issued guidance to judges on 19 March stating that applications to suspend warrants of possession should be prioritised, and that judges dealing with any possession claim during the crisis must have in mind the public health guidance and should not make an order that risks impacting on public health.

We have also asked bailiffs and landlords to review all upcoming evictions, taking into account the current coronavirus public health guidance.

We will also expect landlords to carefully consider existing cases and approach these sympathetically in light of the new challenges raised by the pandemic.

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